MAKING A SPLASH: Gabriel, 3, Anna, 6, and Sam Vleggaar, 5, of Alstonville take the plunge on the first day of spring at the Alstonville pool.
MAKING A SPLASH: Gabriel, 3, Anna, 6, and Sam Vleggaar, 5, of Alstonville take the plunge on the first day of spring at the Alstonville pool. Doug Eaton

Making a splash about spring

SPRING has officially sprung and residents across the region have welcomed it with open arms.

Some were celebrating over in Alstonville yesterday, where the Aquatic Centre was open for their first day of the season.

After the pool had been closed for winter, the swimming regulars were pleased to be able to get their toes wet, especially considering the warm weather and blue skies that appeared for the first post-winter day.

Alstonville's Rian and Faith Vleggaar, along with their children Anna, 6, Sam, 5, and Gabriel, 3, were all enjoying the first day of spring (and Father's Day) making a splash at the Alstonville pool. They said they were happy that the sun had come out and given them the chance to take to the water.

"We're spring and autumn people - it's not too hot but not too cold," Mrs Vleggaar said.

The kids, who frequent the pool between family outings and swimming lessons, said they were all enjoying the water and were looking forward to more fun in the sun over the coming months.

Anastacia Roma, 12, Bianca Cope, 12, and Topaz Roma, 6, were also enjoying the first day of the pool being open for the season.

They said they like to come to the pool often, as it's a great place to hang out with their friends.

Summer couldn't come quicker, they said.

Managers of Alstonville Pool, Greg and Kelly Fettell, said they were very pleased to have their first day of the season.

"It's always good to get back to work," Mr Fettell said, who mentioned this season also has a bit of a special meaning to it.

"(This year is) season number 20 for us," he said.

"We're hoping for a hot summer."

The warm weather the region experienced over the weekend is set to stick around throughout the week, with highs in the mid-20s.

However, while temperatures will be warm, it might not be all blue skies.

There is a chance of showers across the Northern Rivers during the next seven days, according to weather forecasts.



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